25 March 2012
Typewriter Expectations, Correction Film, and Fixing the Skyriter
The Wite-Out pen is good, and the Correction Films are more clean and portable, so it is a good combination. My Skyriters and perhaps some other machines do not have a "stencil" setting so one cannot use the correction paper with them (the vibrator pushed it out of the way and it doesn't seem like a good idea anyway).
As written, I have put the Rubber Foam Weatherseal (with self stick tape) from Frost King I got on Amazon.com. I got this one: Frost King R534H Sponge Rubber Foam Tape 5/16-Inch, Black. It is pretty thick, but it fits well. Perhaps I should have gotten the 3/16-Inch version. It is self sticking. Since it is designed for sealing a door or window, it is 10ft long, so I have plenty left over. I should contact Frost King and let them know I like their product, but it is too long and they should have them available in typewriter specific sizes. They have a felt "nail on" strip too which may be more authentic, but one would have to glue that, and I cannot be sure, the rubber foam is perhaps superior. It is very, very quiet. This "broken Skyriter" was certainly a good deal for me. I hope the one I have coming is equally good and useful in the end.
Also, as noted, I hope my Smith-Corona Sterling gets to be in working condition too. I want to type in 6 pitch. Also, I hope the Smith-Corona Galaxie II arrives safely. It is smaller than the Galaxie Twelves and it has a coloured platen and it can use the Changeable Type kits I have.
The post was written on my Smith-Corona Silent.